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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Jan 7, 2005.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    i had a property i was maintaining , we were only about 3 months into the season. the home owner wanted some landscaping in addition to the mowing/fert. simple stuff, edging, mulch, a few small shrubs. i gave her a price, she price shops. she ends up using someone else for the landscaping, AND cancels me and uses him for mowing and ferts. i see the guy mowing, i stop and ask him wtf is going on. he says, " his boss quoted a price. when the homeowner wouldn't bite, he told her that he would allow his employee to use his equipment, on his free time, to make some extra money. the employee(the kid i was talking to) then quoted the client rock bottom prices, and got the job." have you EVER quoted a job, not got it, then allowed your employees to quote it, and allow them to use your equipment on your down time to make himself some extra cash? what the heck is going on around here?
  2. desert rose gardening

    desert rose gardening LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    No, the employee should not even know about the job.
  3. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    KINKO BOY-- it aint going on "around here". it's only going on in NEW JERKEY.

    GEO :dizzy:
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    That's a new one to me bobby :dizzy:
  5. ztoro

    ztoro LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 735

    :help: ................
  6. richard coffman

    richard coffman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    that's just plain wrong in my book. am employee who doesn't have a license to do the business with a bosses equipmet in his spair time. that spells trouble. I'd sit back and give the kid enough rope to hang himself, sooner or later he'll screw up. wonder if he even has a chemical license like most of us do??can't wait to see what you do about this if anything...mabe he needs to meet mr shovel.......

    Richard/Owner ;)
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    yea, the reason i brought it up is, i'm wondering if the owner does this on a regular basis, perhaps he makes money on the bids he can't get, by letting his employees service them, at a cheaper rate, and maybe charging his employees a few bucks to use his equiopment?
  8. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,267

    No-There is no way my employee's are taking my equipment to go and do a side job for themselves.
  9. lqmustang

    lqmustang LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    I may be a solo op, but I would never allow that to happen either. And if an employee somehow went behind my back on a job that was not landed, I would hope it payed really well, because that would become his only income. :gunsfirin
  10. CharlieBingo

    CharlieBingo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    A lot of companies do this,maybe even some of you guys. It's just the boss doesn't know! Happens often here. You have to watch your guys!

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